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Election Committee Rebuts Opposition Over Airtime Dispute

Private television stations are failing to follow National Election Committee (NEC) advertising guidelines, making it difficult for the opposition to buy airtime for its campaign ads, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said yesterday.

CNRP’s Use Of Rainsy Ad Draws Ban

A CNRP television spot featuring former party president Sam Rainsy may have been rejected on Monday, but the country’s main opposition has found other ways to promote the exiled leader in its campaigning ahead of the June 4 commune elections.

Ruling Party Rally Assembles Crowd of Mixed Allegiances

Throngs of supporters clad in white shirts and hats emblazoned with the CPP logo officially kicked off the ruling party’s commune election campaign in Phnom Penh over the weekend.

World Bank Economists Grilled Over Pervasive Rural Debt

The head of Transparency International Cambodia used the release of a World Bank economic report yesterday to press the lender’s economists on rural indebtedness and their claim that the country’s strong GDP growth was helping the country’s poor.

To Win Election, CPP Seeks to Win Party Merchandise Race

At the Daiy Ek Silk Screen shop in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Keo Rida and two female colleagues sat on the floor, cutting stickers and counting flags sporting the logo of the CPP.

Elections May Affect Compensation for White Building Residents

In a large conference room on the top floor of the Land Management Ministry, residents of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building trickled in on Monday to accept a final compensation offer of $1,400 per square meter for their homes.

Final White Building Deal Leaves Residents Defiant or Resigned

Time may be running out for the residents of Phnom Penh’s White Building after the government warned there was no more room for negotiation beyond its final compensation offer.

Tycoons Reveal Extent of Refinery’s China Links

On the top floor of an office building in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district, next to an abandoned lot overgrown with grass, three board members of the Cambodian Petrochemical Company (CPC) laid out their plan to build Cambodia’s first oil refinery, in Preah Sihanouk province.

Fleeing Sewage, Houseboat Fleet Floats Into Phnom Penh

Hundreds of floating houses have been snaking down the Tonle Sap river to central Phnom Penh over the past few days, fleeing what one boat owner described on Tuesday as an influx of sewage that killed a massive amount of fish.

CPP Doles Out Cash, Gifts, Voting Instructions

Hun Saran attended a 30-minute meeting with government and CPP officials on Thursday at a riverside seafood restaurant in the capital’s Chamkar Mon district. She left with 50,000 riel, or about $12.50, and instructions to vote for the ruling party.

Agreement Continues to Elude Residents of White Building

A meeting between government officials and about 50 residents of Phnom Penh’s White Building housing complex on Tuesday night did little to bridge the gap between the compensation desired by residents and that offered by Japanese developer Arakawa, which plans to tear down the low-income residential block and construct an $80 million, 21-story development.

World Bank Loan of $100 Million Angers Boeng Kak Activists

Boeng Kak supporters on Tuesday said they were dismayed at the World Bank’s announcement of a new $100 million loan to the Cambodian government amid ongoing harassment and jailings of land rights activists.

Latest Sorcery Accusation Forces Another Man From Home

For the second time in a month, a man has been forced from his home in Kompong Speu province’s Kong Pisei district after being accused by fellow villagers of using black magic, prompting the district governor to promise to do more to address the issue.

Government Says 50,000 Made Capital’s Sangkran Festival

Phnom Penh’s Sangkran Festival, the first large-scale Khmer New Year event put on by the city, attracted more than 50,000 visitors over three days, according to a district official who helped organize the event.

With ‘Sorcerer’ Gone, Villagers Have No Regrets

Kong Pisei district, Kompong Speu province - An angry mob of villagers began to gather at about 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon outside Prak Kong’s home in Prey Vihear commune late last month. The villagers, some brandishing machetes or large sticks, wanted him to leave the village and never come back.

Eviction Notice

Residents of Phnom Penh’s White Building are uneasy as moving day looms.

Fish Enthusiasts Share Passion at First Flowerhorn Contest

Eighteen competitors entered their pet flowerhorn fish—a colorful ornamental species known for a large bump on its head—in what organizers said was Cambodia’s first flowerhorn competition.

Spirits High, But Buffalo Numbers Waning, at Annual Races

WAT VIHEAR SOUR, Kandal province - Moan Som has been coming to the Pchum Ben buffalo races here for as long as she can remember, but the 59-year-old hasn’t lost her excitement for the beasts at the center of the show.

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Witness of history: Who is Cambodia’s Queen Mother?

Today marks the 82nd birthday of Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk of Cambodia. Julio Jeldres, who served as the senior private secretary and special assistant to the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk for 12 years and has written extensively on the Cambodian royal family, provides insight into the life of Cambodia’s Queen Mother, whom he describes as “a witness of history”

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